I’VE NEVER MISSED ELEANOR

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Meet my two sisters, Karen and Verna.

Me:  “I’ve never missed Eleanor.”

“Who’s Eleanor?”  they asked.

Me:  “Our sister, Eleanor.”

“We have no sister, Eleanor.”

“I know.  That’s why I have never been bothered by her absence.”

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Hope you are blessed with real wonderfully sweet, smart, witty  sisters like I have.  Karen and Verna I’m talking about.  I know nothing about Eleanor, who is not my sister so I’ve never been bothered by the absence of her.  I do, however, miss having girl talk with my sisters.

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Challenge by M – September 21 “the absence of her”

https://puttingmyfeetinthedirt.com/2018/09/01/september-writing-prompts-2/ 

 

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HOW FLOSSIE BECAME PEPPERED STEAK

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Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, but not before old Flossie, his cow, got into the pepper patch.  Flossie nipped and picked and ate the peppers.   Ate too many and floundered.  Ker-put!  Flossie died.  Now the vultures will have peppered steak.

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Challenge by M, for September 20  “peppered steak.”

https://puttingmyfeetinthedirt.com/2018/09/01/september-writing-prompts-2/

 

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FINE CHINA SHRAPNEL!

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Reason for distress.

Charging bull in china shop!

Run or take cover!

 

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Challenge by Ronovan:  Haiku using words: Charge & Reason

https://ronovanwrites.com/2018/09/17/ronovanwrites-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-219-charger

Image:  Game box “Bull in a China Shop” by Playroom Entertainment

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FORGIVEN SINS ARE GONE

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The book “Then Sings My Soul” (Robert Morgan) has a selection on the origin of the hymn “Whiter Than Snow.” He cites various analogies used in Scriptures to describe God’s forgiveness of sins.   Read, meditate, and enjoy these:

“Micah 7:19 says God casts our sins into the ocean.  NIV “you hurl our iniquities into the depth of the sea.”

Psalm 103 says He removes them as far from us as East from West.  Verse 12 (NIV) “as far as he east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” 

According to Isaiah 38:17, God casts them behind His back.  (NIV) “you have put all my sins behind your back.”

Colossians 2:14 says they are wiped out like erased handwriting.  (NKJV)  “having wiped out the [a]handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.”

Aren’t those beautiful?

I am also thinking of this song: “They’re underneath the blood on the cross of Calvary, as far removed as darkness is from dawn. In the sea of God’s forgetfulness, that’s good enough for me. Praise God, my sins are gone!” — I found it on you-tube with lyrics. My Sins Are Gone.

My Sins Are Gone

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PHUL UV UT!

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I’m missing you all.  Been reading some, but no writing.  Facebook still throws stuff at me that I wrote three years old.  I’m enjoying some of it.  So sharing FB status from Sept. 17, 2015.

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Fanny Crosby.  WOW, what a woman! I knew she had written 8000 hymns, but I didn’t know she used pen names so hymn book publishers wouldn’t be too loaded with Fanny Crosby songs. A couple web sites list 97 names plus some marks as her pseudonyms.

I’m thinking of preparing a couple pseudonyms for myself in case I become so prolific that I would need them. I thought of Klasylassie, but don’t really think that gets my personality quite right. I lean a bit more to Phulov Vut? What do you think?

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Sorry to say I couldn’t figure out my own pseudonym three years later.  I had to read a comment from someone who kicked my memory in gear.  She knew me well enough to know “Phulov Vut” is “Full of It” full of balogna, that is.  😀  (Title is changed a bit – I think it is a bit more understandable for the proletariat.)  LOL

 

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SOCIALISM IS NOT CHARITY – Part 1

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Socialists cloak themselves with a mantle of great human kindness.  Often even Christian friends seem to think socialism is a good idea because Jesus taught to love our neighbors and to help the needy.  He said one cannot love God and love mammon (world, money).  He gave a parable that pointed out the foolishness of storing up for oneself.  Then they top it off with the actions of the church in Acts 2:44-45.

So why am I not sold on Socialism?

  1. God’s people in the OT were under a theocracy. There were rules/laws that gave instructions about how to treat your fellow neighbors as well as how to treat strangers.  To protect against generational caste systems, there were laws such as the land being returned to former owners every seven years.  Even slaves were bound for only six years; in the seventh year they were offered freedom.  No possibility for Socialism under a Theocracy.

  2. During NT times, the government was capitalistic. There is no record of that being an issue with Jesus.  He taught to pay your taxes; Paul taught to submit to the authorities.  There was one stipulation: Obey God before man.  Until Jesus began his ministry, his work was capitalistic in nature.  He was a carpenter.  I’m reasonably sure he bought at the best bargain he could get and set his own prices on the work he produced.  The NT is replete with people who owned their own homes, did the kind of work they were good at, and made a profit doing so –  Lydia, seller of purple, Pricilla and Aquilla, tent makers (and Paul).  Even the fishing industry was included.

  3. The NT recognizes that poor people lived in the land, but it makes no mention of taking care of them in a “taxation” kind of way; it gives no suggestions, even to the church, about how much to give to the poor. It certainly does not give any advice to the secular governing body about how or how much to take from the “haves” and give to the “have nots.”

  4. Under a capitalistic system, people have more profit from which to give freely to charitable causes unless, of course, the taxes become exuberant.

  5. MY OPINION RELATING TO GIVING. The more taxes that are taken, the less charity that is given.  It might not be right but I think it is common, that taxes being taken and distributed to the poor assuages one’s private feeling of duty to “care for our neighbor.”  I know that is my reaction.  Criticize me if you like but I do think “They already have income from a dozen different government programs, why should I do more?”  I do give.  I tithe and I give offerings but I do it though my church whom I trust more than Washington.

I will be back later to deal with the early church (Acts 2:44-45) situation and hopefully more opinion and common sense!  Can’t promise when because I am now hosting my Florence refugee family.  😀  It is nice to have them here.  But I play more than I blog when they are here!

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CHANGE

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Facebook Status from September 10, 2014

“How precious also are Thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them!” (Ps. 139:17 NIV) And listen as God expresses his love in the following picturesque words: “I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love; I lifted the yoke from their neck and bent down to feed them.” (Hosea 11:4 NIV) Isn’t that beautiful!?

Since I can’t write words that paint that kind of picture, I’ll just follow the advice of another famous saying: “A picture is worth a thousand words.” I’m attaching a picture of my yard as it looks turning into my driveway. Being thankful for God’s love and his bounty to me!

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This part of my yard is being sacrificed to reality of my age.  The front fountain area will remain but the rest of the landscaping under the trees is being cleaned out and will become more of the lawn area.  It is easier to have someone mow than it is to get anyone to do flower beds.  I can’t do them.  Oh, well.  Once the surgical procedure is done it will look nice again.  I’m talking about surgery to my yard  – not me!  Roger (my son) is great at growing nice lush green lawns.  He will make it pretty again.  The picture below shows bricks piling up as they are being removed.

bricks

 

 

 

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HOLDING THE TONGUE

“My heart is broken.  My grandson has broken his parole.  If they find out, he will be back in prison.”  Grandmother confides to her friend.

“I am at wit’s end, I know my husband is being unfaithful to me.”  Wife weeps brokenly to her sister.

“I am a shop-lifter.  I need help.  Please pray for me.”  Church member says to her small prayer cluster.

“I’ve been told I have a serious illness, that I must prepare for my death in about four months.”  Friend explains to me about her depression.

Secrets.  The Bible says to love one another, confess to one another, pray for one another. These kinds of statements are fairly common in the Christian community, and as far as I have observed, generally secrets do remain secrets within that setting.  Most Bible-conscious people are warned against the sin of gossip, and they feel accountable before God for the precious gift that has been entrusted to them when someone confides in them.

I’m sure other religions have taboos regarding “a loose tongue,” but I’m not familiar with them as I am with the Bible.  There are many of all faiths (or no faith) who take their responsibility seriously.  Do you have a confidant to whom you can turn?  Are you the kind of person in whom others can put their trust?  Or do your acquaintances have to go to a professional—if they can afford to?

No light burden—that of keeping one’s mouth shut!

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POUND OR DOLLAR – BOTH PLEASE

Want to start an argument?

Say the dollar is better

Than the Queen’s pound.

Truthfully my British-born husband and I just take as many of both as we can get!  We were quite pleasantly surprised back in the ’90’s when retirement years came along.  We found that Sammy was eligible for some retirement from the UK’s treasury because of service time he had spent in the British Merchant Marines.  Way back yonder – before 1951 when he came to the USA.  It’s not much but it was a welcome surprise.  He was active in that endeavor during World War II, when many ships were carrying soldiers to various locations.  He saw the world in those days – before settling down with me in the good ole USA, Oklahoma State.

Right now he is watching American football.   OU/UCLA  21/7 OU favor.  Can it hold?  We’ll know in about an hour.  😀

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Sept. 7th monthly challenge by M  – “imperial units”

READERS, PLEASE DROP OVER AND READ M’s TRIBUTE TO THE AMERICAN SOLDIER IN HER POEM “IMPERIAL UNITS”   HERE

THANKS, M AND YOUR DEAR HUSBAND

https://puttingmyfeetinthedirt.com/2018/09/01/september-writing-prompts-2/

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OLD FOLKS

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Interesting bits from Isaiah 3:4-5, 12 (NIV)  “I will make boys their officials; mere children will govern them….The young will rise up against the old, the base against the honorable.”   “Youths oppress my people, women rule over them.”

Adam Hogg is going to Congress when he is twenty-five.  Just ask him!  Got it all planned out.  Kick out the old folks replace with the youngsters.  Turn politics upside down.  Recent elections show that he might be old news by then.  Look at Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – 28 is she?

Sadly, the scripture in Isaiah is a warning not a promise.

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Well, Adam, I have watched it through the church world.  It has been entertaining.  About thirty years ago the church started replacing age and maturity with youth and vigor. The following is written somewhat in fun.  Readers, you can decide whether the youth culture has benefitted the Lord’s work.

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I’m eighty-four. The following is my peer image in many modern churches.

We don’t like peppy music, we snap at people who sit in their seats, have no sense of humor, are harsh to the sinner, have no patience with those who dress immodestly, are legalistic and judgmental and “Pharisee-istic”, have pickle faces, hate cell phones, take the best parking places, have pot roast preacher for Sunday lunch, gripe about the color of the carpet, read only KJ, have Sunday-go-to-meetin’ clothes, cause church splits, and otherwise have no fruit of the spirit living in us.  I hear lots about these folks.

Isn’t it amazing how those old churches of years past  could produce and disciple such enlightened offspring? I keep reading and hearing about those folks so they must have been there. I’m thinking….let you know when I remember those folks. Putting some names on them….   Can’t, I don’t remember any. 

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Know what?  Maybe those scriptures were talking about the church rather than the government?  Or, maybe both? 

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